Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.It's oftentimes very hard to keep this blog. I do see a tendency in my writings in seeking to share what I have been learning. To an extent this leads to a "teaching" position, whether I want it or not, and Scripture is pretty clear I'm to be wary of just eagerly stepping into that.
I will however continue writing for a variety of reasons:
1) Being at a point in my life where my beliefs are constantly maturing and growing, I am eager to share and take down what I'm learning (or think I'm learning).
2) Proverbs 27:17 reads, "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." and I hope that by my putting down my thoughts in a medium in which others can leave comments or email me readily correction can come quickly readily. I hope that my readers would be quick to speak up, question, and challenge, thereby enabling me to hammer out what I believe and why, refining my beliefs and conforming them to Scripture.
3) Finally, I do hope that others may be encouraged and edified by my writings (and if this isn't happening, please let me know). There is a great deal of value in knowing that others are wrestling with similar struggles (or even knowing that others are wrestling). Oftentimes I like to share links and posts that I come across that have really encouraged me and I hope they would be encouraging to my readers as well. Finally, when I am seeking to lay out my beliefs I hope that they would bring others to examine the Scriptures and strengthen their own beliefs. Sometimes I do feel like there are things that need to be said to the community at large.
One thing I hope this blog does NOT become is my own personal "bashing" space where I tear down instead of build up. I do realize that oftentimes in my own interactions I come across as "judgmental" and "unforgiving" and that is something that I'm being stretched in. There are times when I feel Scripture speaks clearly, and I will speak clearly in defending them, but I will try my best not to direct accusations against individuals.
This is of course a fine line, since it is oftentimes an individual action that may prompt a post. The email on abortion of prime example. In retrospect, I do feel like that post was a little harsher than it needed to be, but I will leave it up as an example of where I need to grow.
So all in all, if you take offense at something I write (or wrote), please email me or leave a comment. God has been stretching me and convicting me of different things, and if He leads to be a part of that process, I would welcome it. At the same time, please realize that I am still growing (and will be forever growing). This blog is but prime example of this.